silver casting

Has anyone ever cast silver into cuttlefish bones/shell. Ihave a wax original which i dont want to lose in the lost wax process.

Posted by maninamousesuit 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


What to cast?

Hello, I plan on casting some aluminium soon. However, I haven't decided on what to cast.... any ideas??

Asked by knutknackebröd 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Casting Crystals?

I want to fabricate and cast crystals to then cast in glass. I've done glass casting before, but not much mold making. If I have a wax positive, I can melt it out of the plaster/silica mold so it doesn't have to be a 2-part mold as long as there aren't any undercuts, which there won't be. My question is how can I fabricate and then cast crystals to then cast in wax to make my glass mold? I'd like to work with silicone since it is flexible and then I won't have to make a 2-part mold. I thought about cutting foam to make the crystals, but I want the edges to be very smooth so that the glass casts look like crystals. I also thought about carving glycerine soap and casting that, but not sure how it would hold up to being cast with any flexible mold-making materials like silicone. Any advice?

Asked by shortone 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Custom castings

Macaulay foundry is available for short run and one off castings in resin, fiberglass, aluminum, brass and iron. Please check us out at www.themacaulayfoundry.com or see us at www.youtube.com/macaulayman

Posted by macaulayman 10 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Aluminium casting

Hi Can anyone help this old codger trying his first casting please. What I am trying to make is an aluminium block, 150mm square by 52mm thick with a 100mm hole in the centre, hopefully with a decent finish as I am short on finishing equipment. I am planning to weld angle iron into a square to make the sides, use a section of 100mm steel tube for the centre hole and tack weld them onto a steel plate to make the mould. I also want to fill the tube to make a disc. Does this this sound feasible please, also will the aluminium, as it shrink as it cools, get stressed by the centre steel tube. When I have poured the aluminimium into the moulds, do I slide a scraper across the top to get a reasonable finish. Many thanks Keith

Posted by axus4 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


saleing cast iron castings for models

Monday foundry is a small jobbing foundry meaning we take in any small work and some larger. if you would like to have a part cast for something just ask ( motor houseings and other motor castings, custom tools, ect castings are NOT machined unless asked for; cost of machineing is almost double the cost of the part, (unless its as simple as drill a hole aka)

Posted by Danielro10 10 years ago


Stator casting and best casting resins ?

I am curious which would be best for casting my 9 coil 3 phase stator ,Cyanate ester resin ,or Polyester resin?I also curious if it would be best to cast all coils together as a whole or would individual castings work better for heat dissipation? The individual picture just for example. Thanks for taking time to help :)

Asked by 1RaceFTW 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Cheap casting compound?

I´m on a budget and looking for a compound that can either be poured into a mould like plaster or is at least very soft and hardens in a short time without massive shrinking. (low temperature melting metals -> too heavy, plaster -> not rigid and hard enough, epoxy -> too expensive)

Asked by Fypsigon 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Aluminum casting on the cheap?

For my woodshop class I am making a cane/"pimpstick" and I am making a custom head for it. I want to cast it in aluminum using the lost wax technique. would normal plaster of paris be a good material to use for the mold? the peice is about 3 cubic inches. I was thinking about having two "fires" one to heat my aluminum and another to heat  the mold so it doesnt shatter. Is that workable? P.S. It would be a one use thing so no need for anything expensive. I have literally 10 dollars to spend on this. Thankyou,   bud

Asked by budhaztm 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


How to cast pulp. Answered

Hi I want to make a daruma doll. Like in the video. How do you cast pulp into a hollow item? like in the video? Its pretty cool how they make them. ANybody do anything like this? I don't want to papermache with newspaper I want to make it like in the video.

Asked by undftdking 7 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


lost wax casting

Newkidontheblock. looking for authentic instuctions how to go about making lost wax castings of chess pieces (in aluminium )dozens of them ????

Posted by golodenboy6 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


silver casting mould

Anyone help me here..I have a wax master of a signet ring. If i use lost wax casting i will lose my original....This i do not want. Is there a mould making stuff that i can press the ring into leaving a negative to fill with silver.....

Posted by maninamousesuit 11 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Seasoning cast iron..... Answered

I do not like the factory seasoning on a cast iron skillet I have. Should I season over it or remove the factory black, nasty crap and season on my own from scratch? It's a shame how poorly companies, even good ones like Lodge have such poor quality seasoning on their products.

Asked by dkop1 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Cast Iron or stainless? Answered

Next weekend, I'll be going on a campout with my boy scout troop. (Nothing new to me). As every year, we will be having a mock  "Iron Chef" competition. A charcoal pit will be provided for the cooking, as will some cast iron dutch-ovens. I would like to bring my own fry pan however. I am debating whether to bring a stainless or cast iron. I have both, and am fairly well able to cook with both. (besides my horrible cooking skills.) However, I'd like to see some suggestions, and here some viewpoints on the matter. I am not certain if we will be allowed the use of our propane stoves or not.

Asked by dkop1 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Wood molding casting

Need some ideas:I have an antique wooden chest of drawers. Most of the wooden molding around the top and bottom is long gone, BUT I do have two original sample pieces. They are a pretty intricate design and there is no way I'll find anything like them today. So I thought I'd make a mold and cast some to replace the missing wooden strips. I smeared up the thin wood strips with Vaseline and pressed them into plaster of parís. Well the mold turned out fine, but now I am struggling with what to use for a casting material. I tried plaster of parís, it was to fragile. I tried painters caulk, but it was too flexible and looked like heck. Thought about mixing sawdust and glue, but am pretty sure the texture will be wrong and grainy. It needs to be stain-able so I can make it look like it's wood and semi rigid so I can get it out of the mold. Any suggestions??

Asked by john043 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Casting Resin issue?

I'm trying to cast some resin claws for a halloween/convention costume I'm trying to make ( it isn't a Wolverine one .. more a VERY twisted, evil, and blood thirsty Mad Hatter character ) and running into a bit of trouble. I'm following the 5 drops of hardener per 1 oz of resin that is stated on the resin can's instructions. It also says it's supposed to set hard enough to support objects at 40 minutes. I mixed a 2oz batch of resin ( 10 drops of hardener ) and poured it into a rubber latex lined plaster mold that I had sprayed with mold release. I put a bolt down partly into the resin so I can later attach a wire to it and left it alone for about an hour to an hour and a half. I came back to check on it and the bolt was still able to be moved/removed with NO resistance. I figured the mix was bad and threw it out, but noticed it was the consistancy of slime. Did I mess it up and not wait long enough, or did I not add enough hardener or what ? Any suggestions would be great!

Asked by Myrr 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


whats d temperature needed to melt soda cans? how good r they for investment casting? Answered

Simple. i want to  melt these cola cans (and beer cans too ! ) so i can use it to cast some stuff. interested mainly in investment casting (lost wax method). need to know the temperature. precautions and possible cases of going wrong. i have an  electronic muffle furnace. if it helps.. regards,  Chakra

Asked by chakra 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Lost wax casting help

I'm doing lost wax casting for a glass mold. I'm using parrafin wax to get the shape of it, but I was wondering what i could use to melt the wax out of the plaster of Paris once it's hardened. Also any advice regarding the whole lost wax process would be helpful!

Posted by Ehamby1219 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Best way to cast concrete? Answered

I need to know how many ways there are to cast concrete. I heard of silicone used in concrete casting but I would like to know if there are other ways. Thank you very much for your help.

Asked by blkhawk 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Lost wax casting to order. Answered

My kiln is on the fritz, I need to cast a piece but I don't have time to wait for the new kiln to arrive. Does anybody know of any UK companies to whom I can send a carved wax piece and have it cast in precious metal? Thanks in advance.

Asked by alexhalford 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


A question about Pewter casting

Hullo, just had a call from my mate who wants to do abit of pewter casting, now he had a very specific question about molds and the silicone to use, I had a look round but no one mentions a particular sort, I thought all silicone is silicone ... but decided to bring the question to the experts To make a silicone mold, for pewter casting, what sort of silicone should my friend use? He shall be making a belt buckle from what i gather. Thanks chaps Biggsy

Posted by Biggsy 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Machinable Clear Casting Resin

Hello, Does anyone know of a clear casting resin that when cured is also machinable?  I have an idea for a project that involves encasing objects in resin and then using power tools, milling machines, lathes, etc. to partially expose the object by cutting though it and the casting.  Any thoughts on what resin to use and where it can be purchased? Thanks!

Posted by WaffleM 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


discolored Pewter after casting

Hey everyone, I can't imagine that this question hasn't been asked before, but I must be using the wrong keywords.  I used a small electric crucible (for lead and pewter) to heat up pewter and pour it into a coin shaped plaster mold.  Truthfully, I'm pretty pleased with the level of detail, but I've got some 'burned' colored discoloration on the coins.  I've tried gently washing with soap and water which got off some of it. 1) am I doing something wrong to produce that coloring? 2) will silver polish clean it up, or will it damage the pewter?  (almost certain it will be fine, but thought I'd double check) Should I just be scrubbing harder with soap and water? For whatever reason, the image uploader isn't working.  I'll try to get one into the comments after I post this. many thanks!

Posted by oldmicah 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Aluminum Casting with 3D Prints

Is there any reliant and consist way to create high RPM gears using 3D prints? What I had planned to do is 3D print some gears out, make silicon molds out of them and then pouring wax in the silicon molds. I then would put the wax into sand and then pour molten aluminum into it. To me, it sounds good in theory but I thought somebody else might have tried making PLA 3D prints into metal.

Posted by rexdino5 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Request for "Casting in Bondo" Tutorial

I've been trying to find a thorough and detailed introduction to casting in Bondo for a while but have found nothing definitive. Could someone make a beginners guide for using Bondo to make replicas and casts w/ Pictures?

Posted by kojimagtr 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Casting resin or epoxy in a mould

Hi, I am looking to do an artwork where the final product is a clear plastic resin or epoxy sculpture with various items such as plastic forks and straws inside it. I got this idea from resin flooring which has crushed up beer bottles and screws in it, and now I need some advice. Currently I am thinking that I will make the sculpture from polystyrene and make a mould out of plaster of Paris by pouring the plaster over it in a tub of some sort. Is polystyrene a suitable material to base the mould off and can resin or epoxy be cast in plaster of Paris? Also, how might I go about making 2 parts to the mould which can join together and which I can pour resin in through a hole? Regards.

Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Casting pewter in RTV Silicone

I want to reproduce a bit of jewellery I have designed in pewter by using a 2-part RTV silicone mould. By all accounts it is possible but I've run into some problems when sourcing materials. Most high temperature silicones I have come across state a maximum temperature of 250°C, But pewter has a melting point of around 280°C. My feeling is that the mould itself will most likely never actually reach 280°C and will probably only be above 250°C for a short period of time. But I'm wondering if anyone has actually done this and could verify for me. Also as I'm new to the whole process, any other tips are welcomed. This is the high temp silicone I'm currently looking at. Thanks,                -Tom

Posted by madmanmoe64 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Plastic Resin Casting and Molding advice

Hi I'm making my first plastic resin cast and the mold for it using the tutorial here: http://www.b9robotresource.com/plastic_casting1.htm One difference to that tutorial however is that the object I am making a mold of is something I've make in air-dry modelling clay. I've spent quite a bit of time making the original so bit worried about pouring the silicone for the mold onto the clay object - will it break the clay down or is there some way to prepare the clay (varnish or something?). I've put a test of dried clay in water and it has broken down in five minutes. Can anyone who has done this sort of thing before advise please? Thanks in advance. Garrett

Posted by garrettlynch 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago



Making a reuseable mold for an at home foundry and casting aluminum?

I've been really interested in at home aluminum casting and wanted to make a forge and try my hand at it. Before I started I've done a lot of research and video watching. It seems it is most popular to use the lost foam method. I was just wondering if it would be possible, and what materials to use to make a simple reusable mold. If I was to cast 10-12 of the same object it just seems easier to make a mold then forming and shaping 12 pieces of foam. Since I'm just getting started i wouldn't be casting anything too complicated or big. Thanks in advance!

Asked by Who_jacked_my_name 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


what sand do i use for sand casting and cheap sand?

Asked by trigger ects 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Which casting material should I use?

I have been sculpting in wax and then making plaster or silicone molds to make multiples of some fairly detailed model toys. I intended to then pour in liquid latex and create wiggly bendy toys, but unfortunately latex doesn't dry inside the molds. It doesn't seem to matter how long I leave them when I open them lost of the latex is still liquid. I am looking for a replacement. Something durably bendy and low cost that will dry in a mostly enclosed mold.  Any Ideas? Please bare in mind I am in the UK. 

Asked by moogle123 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


I am looking for a casting material for a mold made from a textured sheet Answered

I made a latex mold off a piece of textured sheet.  The mold is 24x24x1/8 inch.  I want to make castings that are flexible and paintable, so I can make "sheets" I can shape into roads for miniature terrain. I have heard there are paints or surface finishes that will work for this, and if this is true, I'd like brand names from US sources.

Asked by hardlec 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


how to choose a good casting compound? An unbreakable, washable and flexible material that is non-toxic would be best.

Plaster-of-paris would be ok as a cast material, but a softer material (like the washable material that expensive prosthetics are made of) would be better.

Asked by Kenneth G 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Need information on casting sculpture from small scale wax originals (8""-12"),

I have a propane roofing torch, which will be my heat source. I need to know how to build a small crucible and pouring device, and how to make molds from my waz originals. I plan to pour Aluminum, because it has a relatively low melting point, but I would also like to make objects in bronze, if possible.

Asked by Elizabeth Heller 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


oogoo

Will oogoo stick to concrete or will it peel off?  Wanting to know if it would be possible to cast a concrete statute.

Asked by TinkL 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Dangerman Casting

Discovery and Objective Productions UK are seeking a HOST with a strong science background (B.A. minimum) for DANGERMAN, a documentary-style reality series that replicates extraordinary stunts performed by daredevils, stuntmen and showmen and explains the scientific principles that make the most amazing feats possible. So what do you say? Anyone in the mood for some DANGER!?!http://portland.craigslist.org/wsc/sci/628816251.html

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How do you clean bronze slag from inside crucible?

Asked by larryary 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


What resin should I use?

I have a 1958 Pfaff 332 sewing machine with a broken knob made of bakelite.  Replacement knobs are not available. It occurred  to me that it might be possible to cast a replacement with a different resin.  I have no experience with casting and don't know what kind of resin would be best..  I saw the antique radio knob replacement ible, and liked the idea of using a flexible mold for detail.   This knob  engages  a major cam mechanism and should be fairly strong.  The old knob 'handle'  was broken off when I got the machine. The images of complete knobs are from the web. The complete knob is about 1 inch by two inches.   What  product available in the USA do you recommend? 

Asked by mole1 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Moulding from an ice or snow original

I'd like to be able to make a mould from an original shape in snow or ice. Any ideas ?

Asked by and7barton 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


is there a substance out there that once carved reduces in size.

Is there a substance out there that can be carved or moulded that can reduce in size keeping its proportions intact. i know you can get the reverse, a substance that can grow in size keeping proportions intact (Thanks Goodhart). I am trying to sculpt in miniature and its breaking my heart

Posted by maninamousesuit 11 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


home-based aluminum foundry for small scale sculptures (8-12)?

I need help designing molds, crucible, and pouring device for small scale aluminum sculpture, using a propane -fueled roofing torch as a heat source. I make wax originals, and can make plaster molds. I have acces to an outdoor area that I can use to melt metal.

Asked by Elizabeth Heller 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


I need to create a mold from a piece of plastic that is roughly 24"x8".

     I want to make a mold of a piece of colored plastic, the problem is the plastic is thin walled and fragile. I was wondering what the best mold material would be for it. I need to preserve the original so a gentle process would be the best. Any help would be appreciated and thanks in advance.

Asked by rashielx 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Who wants to be on a Game Show?

I was just sent this link by a friend: Discovery Science Game Show Here is a brief description of the game show:Producers for a Discovery Science Game show are looking for contestants. Contestants can be a gonzo engineer/scientist or just a high-energy, creative, fun, builder!They are looking for garage warriors (builders, scientists, inventors, engineers, carpenters, welders, mechanics, architects, etc...) who love to invent new gadgets, build robots, racing power tools, weld together bizarre machines that drive, fly, climb, shoot flames or launch projectiles. This Game Show is for thinkers, dreamers and doers, who are eager to let their inner MacGyvers be seen and ready to collaborate with a team of other builders.It looks like it was made just for our kind!! Now, who is going to try to get a spot on this show? If you do, be sure to let us all know!

Posted by jeff-o 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Is it possible to do body casting with oogoo?

I know that oogoo outgasses acetic acid, how bad is that to have on your skin?  Would it be possible to coat the skin first with something like  liquid glove or baking soda, to counteract the acetic acid? Thanks for any info

Asked by foobear 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


making a (more) permanent mold from cement/concrete for aluminum castings?

Hey I've been looking into aluminum casting for a while now (done it once or twice with different "furnaces")  Now I'm reading alot about lost foam casting (sounds interessting too) But I was thinking; do you think (/have experience) that I could make some kind of "permanent" mold out of some kind of cement/ concrete/ fireclay mixture for casting similar pieces several times?? I was thinking, when you make the furnace(s) you make a cement/ concrete/ fireclay mixture that can withstand the temperature, so shouldn't it be able to withstand the temperature of the aluminum being poured into it also? (and therefor be able to make the mold out of) - I was thinking to use a special type of cement ment for use around a fireplace. What do you know/ think of the idea? - and also; is there any (other) cheap/ "easy" way to make permanent molds for several similar castings? (at home/ the backyard) PS. not important but I've made/ used a coal fired furnace, a gas (butane) fired furnace and now I'm about to build an electrical furnace (for the sake of expence and time of heating up)... I'm trying to make some casting sand/ green sand, but the ingredients looks to be rather difficult for me to gather (In Denmark Europe)

Asked by lordl9999 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


I need suggestions for good materials to use for molding and casting..(details inside :) )

I need some casting(?) material ideas. I'm looking for fairly inexpensive material to make selector knobs (so it needs to cure to a hard, strong material)...would that material work also for casting things like remote control casing? If not, what would be a good material?... then i also need to make some thermocoupler holders, which need to be able to handle 300 degrees for a very long time. a hard material would be preferable, but, something with a firm rubbery texture would be ok also.... THEN, what material would be good for making the molds to pour the casting materials into to form those items? First, I'd want something solid i could cut into to form the shapes I want to cast, then I need something to put over my first cast(s) after I 'fine tune' them so I can make more.....So.. any ideas/suggestions?

Asked by bac512 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Is it possible to cast latex in an alginate mold? Answered

Asked by ChaoticScientist 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


resin sword blade? Answered

What is a good resin to cast a sword for use as a prop and i just need a flat sword shape or blank and if i made the mold out of wood would the resin stick to wood?

Asked by ClemensY290 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


can't get in warm glass forum or hobby metal casters forum,help?

Have joined both groups but havn't used either site for a while and now can't seem to get in.

Asked by blindpig 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago